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The most overhyped games of this generation | iafrica.com

From Bayonetta to Grand Theft Auto IV, iafrica.com takes a look at the most overhyped and overplayed games of this generation. (Army of Two, Assassin's Creed, Bayonetta, Culture, Grand Theft Auto IV, Halo 3, Haze, Lair, MotorStorm, PS3, Tekken 6: Bloodlines, Too Human, Xbox 360)

Godmars290  +   1544d ago
After all the noise about Bayonetta, isn't it hardly selling?
Worse yet, its selling more - by a hair - on the console that has the "crappy" port.
vhero  +   1544d ago
The list is bang on fanboys won't like it but it's absolutely 100% right. As for Bayonetta its selling 20% more on PS3 surprisingly showing again that 360 users are not interested in non shooters/FPS games.
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WildArmed  +   1544d ago
lol but but but Bayonetta sends Ninja Gaiden, God Of War, Devil May Cry back to the drawing board D:

The hype was unbelievable for that game.
As good as it is, the hype killed the game imo. (rented it, and played about 40mins into it and couldn't play it anymore)

The article takes stabs in the right direction: Haze, Too human, Lair.
People are bent on making games like Mass Effect and Metal Gear Solid 4 to be over hyped (which I dont agree with), that they forget the true examples like those three.
OmarJA-N4G  +   1544d ago
The irony. :)
Megaton  +   1544d ago
I'm not one to play sales, particularly because some of my all-time favorites were sales flops of biblical proportions, but yeah, it is pretty funny that Bayonetta is selling better on the console with the crap port. Reinforces the old notion that the only games that sell like wildfire on the 360 are shooters.
Nihilism  +   1544d ago
"rented it, and played about 40mins into it and couldn't play it anymore"

If it was that bad then it sounds like the game was to blame, not the hype.
reintype  +   1544d ago
Where's MW2?
No game got more "hype" than this one, how can the author miss the most obvious one?

As for Bayonetta, only fanboy reviewers with agendas, would give this one with an inflated score. While most games get penalized for their stories, this one gets a pass for its nonsensical one. And let's not forget, the lazy cut scenes, sprinkled through out the game. While some games are labeled as movies, I don't understand why this one is not mentioned as a "Slide Show"? How about, being a copy of another game, did they missed that one too? Every review of Darksiders, makes mention of it being a clone of other games, and was put down because of it, and yet this one gets praised?

Double Standards and Biases, rearing their ugly heads once again.
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goflyakite  +   1544d ago
Yea MW2 is a huge one. Definitely should be on that list.
GUNS N SWORDS  +   1544d ago
Bayonetta

"With shameless sex appeal, cheesy cut-scenes typical of the genre and some dumb concepts (she does a handstand and shoots using her feet for Pete's sake!), Bayonetta is the kind of game that does nothing to push the medium forward."

When you actually play the title you beguine to think less and less how ironic everything is. when i first played bayonetta i had lots of questions about it. particularly about her guns on her feet and fact that there's no finger to pull the trigger. later on it hit's you that she's using her witch powers to manipulate each gun.....you wouldn't know any of that if you haven't played the game.

Honestly i had lot lots of other questions about other games too, DMC4 for instance. Nero wields a sword that with a twist of his handle he can make it sound like a motorcycle, with having no trace of an engine on it. it should be clear why people love these titles so.

Games like Tekken, DMC, Ninja Gainden, DOA, and street fighter weren't made for their complex stories or how or why they do the things they do.

All of these games have female characters the were made with massive sex appeal. it's clear that none of these games were made with a female's true touch....especially Ninja gaiden. all of these games were made so that enjoy immersing your self into it's game play and their arcade style, and that's what people have been saying about this particular title. (if you read the reviews.)
Gigalol  +   1544d ago
killzone 2, Uncharted 2, God of war 3, Gran Turismo 5. FAIL. FAIL and another FAIL.

AH, Playstation 3 hardware FAILUREA RATE surpasses xbox 360 ( 1%) PS3 = 33.3%

FAIL!!
WildArmed  +   1544d ago
lol
after reading that, the word 'fail' has become synonymous to your name 'Gigalol'

and if you don't quite get it:
Trust me, you don't want that.
RooiWillie  +   1544d ago
Fanboy talk = yawn
awesomeperson  +   1544d ago
Although i do find it strange how unreleased games can already fail, and you've got your failiure percentage rates mixed up mate. But your name fits, Giga lol...
Nihilism  +   1544d ago
@Gigalol
Why hello there thetruth2009, still paranoid as always, keep fighting the good fight, we're all real proud of you ;), your amount of bubbles reflects the level with which we relate to your well thought out unbiased and thought provoking posts.
ATi_Elite  +   1543d ago
I'm sorry did I miss the full page story that should be Modern warfare 2

as the most over hyped and under achieving game since E.T. (well not that bad)

I swear there was a channel rolling 24/7 of Mw2 commercials.

MW2 was the poster boy for Hype
Foxgod  +   1544d ago
Bayonetta is actually under appreciated.
SnukaTheMan  +   1544d ago
When was bayonetta hyped....
You mean when there are big difference between consoles...there is more coverage of it...too bad we got people pointing out that instead of hype.
John_Dylan  +   1544d ago
I have a feeling i could put Sonic the Hedgehog (PS3/Xbox) under this thread, it was incredibly hyped by SEGA with all of its trailers and video depicting only the fastest and most streamlined areas of gameplay, but the end result was as good as Shadow the Hedgehog (zero), Sonic Heroes (zero) and Sonic 3D (zero) combined, NOTHING.

I swear Im not joking when i say i donated this game along with a stack of old books and clothes to the Salvation Army after spending $30AU on it thru eBay. God i loved SEGA back in the 90's (SMD still my all time favourite console), but i look at the company now like a beaten up, drug addicted ex-millionaire.
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champ21  +   1544d ago
mw2 for sure, followed by odst.
maniacf40  +   1544d ago
I mostly agree with this list, but motorstorm?? really? I dont remember it being hyped!!
anyway, it was still a really fun game and the sequel (pacific rift)is even better.
Orochi Avlis  +   1544d ago
I'm getting sick of these articles.

It's like these so called journalists have nothing better to do, so they decide to whip up cheap and easy articles.

They all follow the same formula. Find recently released game + say nothing but bad things about like it's an utter piece of crap = PROFIT.
hadlee  +   1544d ago
Well...
It worked didn't it? :P

It's an opinion piece at the end of the day, just like reviews are. The thing is, many people assume it's fact, and that's where the problems arise.
RooiWillie  +   1544d ago
Agreed. I don't understand why people don't get that an opinion piece (and a review, for that matter) is just that: an opinion. You are not required to agree with the opinion. And slating that opinion is just silly too. Rather say why you don't agree - that way it makes for a much more interesting discussion than the usual "You're wrong, because IIIII said so!" "No you're wrong!" "OH Noooooo, yoouuuu're wrong!!!1111"

[end rant]
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NeoBasch  +   1544d ago
Anybody who has actually played Bayonetta would know it deserved every score it got. It's ridiculous to think that just because the developers did a terrible job porting it to the PlayStation 3 that fans on N4G have to hate it. It is an amazing game, and comes highly recommended. It's essentially a satire, poking fun at various video game cliches with style. Sure, the story was relatively undeveloped, but the writing was top notch (and the graphics will certainly amaze!). Extremely underrated title by gamers; about the right score from critics.
Nihilism  +   1544d ago
thanks for the disagree there chap, I'll paraphrase your wall of text for others:

"Bayonetta is the best, anyone who doesn't agree is wrong, my opinion is the only opinion that matters, if you disagree with me, I shall refute your claim with my own baseless subjective opinion of why I> everyone else"
Godmars290  +   1544d ago
Yeah, you're half right.
Given that the PS3 version was talked to death for its faults PS3-only owners have an excuse for not buying the game. But with it literally being called a system seller by some reviewers, what's the 360's camp excuse?

Though personally I blame the one commercial for it. They should have tried something more comical, showed some action instead of that annoying 70's porn song with slow motion, it might have gotten better public attention.
NeoBasch  +   1544d ago
@8.1
You can have whatever opinion you want. Just make sure you at least try the game. Don't let your biases blind you. That's all I meant to say. Journalists have actually played the game. Therefore, they have a right to say what they think. That is why I hardly disagree with their scores. I may or may not share the same opinion, but, unlike others, they at least played the game. I don't care if they think it's a system seller. The point is they played it. Let's not jump to conclusions.
Hakimy  +   1544d ago
I disagree with 2 games.Tekken 6 and Bayonetta.We always get hype before a game gets review.just look at lair and haze.we got many coverage and news about how awesome these games will be and then the reviews came out and told us that those 2 games were hyped only and they couldn't deliver.it wasn't the same case with Bayonetta.it had less coverage and no one paid attention to the game until reviews came out pointing how great the game is.how is that called hype? it's actually the total opposite of hype!just like okami,it didn't get much coverage and attention from media and then it got great reviews (ign gave if 2006 game of the year over Gears of War and Zelda) so can we say Okami was hyped? we know that it wasn't.

as for Tekken 6,in no way it was hyped for going to xbox360.it's just another fighting game going multiplatform.It sold well on ps3 as expected but it didn't on xbox360 and this is not tekken 6 fault.and u want MS to spend money on virtua fighter 5? with all respect but the game sold poorly on both consoles and you want MS to spend money on it? MS should be glad that the author doesn't work with them.

as for the rest of the games,I think the author just wanted to pick games he didn't like.he also should do some researches before writing.its weird that articles from a no name site gets approved here claiming that "they are opinions".approve articles that has something good for gamers or else we all just could make blogs,write what we want and post them here :P

Edit:hadlee, a game no one heard about getting great reviews.I won't call that hype.I will call that "underrated".and the game didn't get hype,it got hate by fans of the other action series.you can't say a game is hyped when only few people who check the net know about it.go to the streets and mention games names.I'm sure only few will recognize the name "bayonetta".because it had no advertising or big coverage before being released.that's what builds hype for games nowadays.and Like I said,I would take the opinions of reviewers (since they played the game and have no benefits of giving a multiplatform game a high score) over fanboys who are butthurt just because a woman is considered better in action than their favorite "heroes" XD
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hadlee  +   1544d ago
The thing is...
Hype can be word of mouth and other opinions too, not just advertising.

With Bayonetta, the fact that many people raved about it, and that reviewers praised it so unanimously created a huge buzz about the game in the days preceding its launch, with Famitsu of all magazines giving it a perfect score. That created an expectation and hype around the game - and judging from some opinions, they felt it didn't live up to the buzz and hype.
ThisPlaceSucksBye  +   1544d ago
Huh...
What an obnoxious article.
Bayonetta is great, btw.
Gen0ne  +   1544d ago
"Bayonetta is great btw"
Yes it is my friend. Yes it is.
Gen0ne  +   1544d ago
Nope.
Bayonetta's awesome. Delivered with very little hype other than high scoring reviews from journalists and under appreciated by the masses. And yes it does send other action games back to the drawing board. I'm looking at you Ninja Gaiden. Halo has been and always will be, the most over hyped game ever. No other game gets such a media blitz for every subsequent game. When really, Halo is the Michael Bay version of 1st person shooters. I'm daring Halo Reach to impress me.

Edit: GTA comes in at a very close 2nd place.
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ThisPlaceSucksBye  +   1544d ago
Yes.
Totally agreed.
I still love Ninja Gaiden (Black for the Xbox anyway, haven't tried Sigma) and God of War, but DMC4 felt so disappointing after the wonderful DMC3.
Bayonetta annoyed me at first, but then I tried it and goddamn, what a great game it is when you actually put some time in it and learn the combat.
Oh yeah, and Halo really is the most overhyped game of all time.
spektical  +   1544d ago
bayonetta did not deliver, its the most overhyped game that didnt deliver this year. I was expecting more that a slutty character, but thats all it was. Gameplay was average, the controls were not fluid. Above all the Ps3 version was a shoddy port of the 360 counterpart.

yet its selling more on the ps3 than the 360, further proving that the 360 community only likes FPS/Shooters. Lets see how mass effect 2 does for further examples.
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mricecreamman  +   1544d ago
man just bunch of haters
i am tired of these people hating that can not back up what it is not good or is good game??!! Bayonetta was a great games, despite of issues on ps3...yet haters judge the game having those flaws and do not look beyond what a great game it was. Bayonetta was not overhyped at all. If it was it would have been like what Microsoft did with Gaylo. I agree couple games on that list, yet there are couple other games were overrated. hence, modern walfare and gaylo ost. the list of titles are on the list...the question is what has it bring to the table besides the flaws of the game. example, style, design, tweak game play.

games in this era is all about formula that has been working. when other UNKNOWN developers create (okami, katamari damancy, veiwtiful joe, killer 7) no one has either not heard of it or never played. they are all great games. if you people want something that is not formulated or something is not over hype then check out other game developers!
spektical  +   1544d ago
man, Haze was horrible. Lair was too, but once they got a patch up, it was an awesome game, too bad the patch was a bit too late. Motorstorm has become a household name and the definition of offroad racing, not overhyped. I think the hype is fair for that IP. Halo 3 is still down as the most overhyped game ever, i swear when it came out, BK, 7/11, buses, everywere had HALO 3...
ATi_Elite  +   1543d ago
Haze that game was pure A$$.
HaZe and Modern Warfare 2 should be number one.

Bayoneta being number one is just fanboy journalism trying to discourage PS3 owners from buying it because it's selling better on the PS3 than 360.

Now HAZE that sucked and was hyped.

Modern Warfare 2 is the poster boy for ULTRA OVERHYPED

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